School is out.
It’s time to make some memories.
Maybe you will make memories at home with your family, with some spontaneous or silly moments in the summer twilight.
Maybe your memories will be made out of trying something new with the people you love.
Or perhaps, you will make some lasting memories by going some place far away.
The thing that I’ve discovered about living in the age of blogging and social media is that we started out doing cool things and then thinking, “That was awesome. I want to share that.”
Then, we start feeling the need to share more.
And our thoughts shift to, “This would make a good blog post,” “I’d better tweet about this.”
And then finally, we start looking for things, sniffing through the corners of our lives, for things we can share, almost like we need a steady flow of information about us being broadcast, so that people know I have a life.
I’m just as guilty as anyone. But the thing I’ve discovered is that mindset is a trap. It makes us a lot less creative. It makes life a lot less fun. Because it makes life a means to an end. It makes life about a product. The product is our blog or our social media feed.
What’s the best thing we can do this summer?
Make some really great memories…
Do some really awesome stuff with the people we love…
And don’t tell anyone.
Don’t blog about it. Don’t tweet about it. Don’t post Instagrams and wait for the likes to roll in. Let the best parts of your life be a secret, a fantastic secret between you and the people you share those memories with.
Next week, I’m leaving town, to make some memories with my wife. I’ll post a few pictures. I’ll share with friends. But the best moments, I’m keeping for myself.